Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman. (File photo)
A Nobel Prize-winning economist has described America’s largest gun lobby group as an “insane organization” that is pushing the country towards dystopia.
New York Times
columnist Paul Krugman said on Sunday that the National Rifle Association (NRA) portrays a vision that America is “living in a ‘Mad Max’ movie and that nothing can be done about it.”
“What strikes me is we've actually gotten a glimpse into the mindset, though, of the pro-gun people…It's bizarre,” Krugman said, adding that the NRA believes “America cannot manage unless everybody's prepared to shoot intruders and that the idea that we have police forces that provide public safety is somehow totally impractical…”
Krugman’s remarks come nearly two months after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 small children and six school staff members were murdered.
Experts believe the deadly mass shooting served as a tipping point in the gun control debate and that the NRA is targeted to fail as a result.
Krugman went on to say that the “the craziness of the extreme pro-gun lobby has been revealed, and that has got to move the [gun control] debate and got to move the legislation at least to some degree.”
Despite repeated pledges made by US lawmakers of the need to enact stricter gun-control measures in the country, no real action is in the offing as many of the lawmakers remain deeply divided on any measure taken to further restrict gun possession.
The NRA recently announced that it seeks to expand its membership by giving out grants and legal help to gun clubs only if their members join the group, which already has 4.5 million members.
The NRA was established in 1872 and during the past 40 years it has argued that the call for gun control would threaten Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.